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24 Hours


   Written by Richard Michael Owen.
Start of the Race

Mixed emotions made it an unforgettable Le Mans this year.

Just 10 minutes into the race, Allan Simonsen was avoiding a spinning Ferrari when he lost control of this own Aston Martin and fatally hit the wall at Tertre Rouge.

Overall winner Tom Kristensen didn't dedicate the race to his late father, but he said “This victory today I dedicate to Allan Simonsen, a great fellow Dane.”

The Audi victory was hard fought. After the leading #1 car suffered from over 40 minutes in the garage, and the #3 car had simiar problems, this left only the #2 car of Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish to hold onto victory from the chasing Toyotas. And they did so in front of 245,000 spectators.

IN LMGTE Pro, Porsche Team Manthey took their 991 RSR to victory for the 50th anniversary of the 911. The #91 car of Jörg Bergmeister, Timo Bernhard and Patrick Pilet was one lap ahead of their sister #91 car which placed 2nd.

Our gallery of Le Mans separates the LMP1, LMP2, LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am racing classes. It is dedicated to Allan Simonsen.